With our annual interiors issue, now on newsstands, we take you inside four innovative interiors that are leading the way to a brilliant tomorrow. In St. Petersburg, a pristine white department store by Cheungvogl Studio has pared back its display to single samples of beauty products, relying on a futuristic robotic system to retrieve desired items for customers and deliver them to the checkout counter; Studio Modijefsky layers an all-hours Amsterdam café with texture and a tropical vibe to reenergize a popular corner site; in a bakery in Melbourne, Australia, Studio Esteta places the cubic glass-encased kitchen front and centre, letting visitors witness the process of creating the perfect croissant; and in London, SelgasCano uses mirrors and floor-to-ceiling shelving to create a cozy bookstore inspired by The Library of Babel.
For our indispensable guide to top industrial design schools throughout North America and Europe, we looked at dozens of institutions and talked to both alumni and professionals in the field to discover the best options for the multidisciplinary minded.
Plus, how architects and designers are using virtual reality to bring a new dimension to their work; Ron Arad’s redesign of the Washington landmark, the Watergate Hotel; exploring the new casual workspace in our office special; and a roundup of 20 of the finest gift ideas for the design-savvy on your list with our annual holiday gift guide.
The November/December 2016 issue of Azure is now available in Canada, and hits newsstands in the U.S. on November 7. Get yours now: for single copies, go to shop.azuremagazine.com; to subscribe, go to azuremagazine.com/getazure.